Fireside fun at the Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City
Dan Campbell /Park City Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
For those who want to be on the mountain but don’t enjoy skiing, Park City offers a multitude of activities guaranteed to keep you coming back for more. Park City Mountain Resort thrills visitors with the Alpine Coaster, a roller coaster of sorts that dips and turns through the snow-?covered trees and mountain streams, sending riders screaming down the hill at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. The Zip Tour Adventure at Canyons will take your breath away, sending you 2,111 feet across a gorge more than 200 feet below. Utilize the braking system to hover midline and look out over the landscape. Summit Meadows Adventures, owned by Deer Valley, offers snowmobile tours at the Garff Ranch, located just five miles from Park City’s historic Main Street. The tours, which range from one hour to a half day, offer access to 7,000 acres of pristine open land. But if you have younger aspiring adventurers in your ?traveling group, head instead to Gorgoza Park, where you’ll find mini snowmobiling (kids ages 5–12 can drive on their own) and tubing (fun for all). If your need for speed still hasn’t been satisfied, slip into a bobsled at Utah Olympic Park. The course offers speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour, paired with 4 Gs of force and a 40-story drop, all in less than one minute. Talk about fast.
Hungry for more? If you crave it, you will find it, given the countless restaurants and bars that help round out this ultimate holiday experience. From slopeside cafes and haute-cuisine dining experiences to burger joints and a mountaintop Viking Yurt (accessed by snowcats and sleighs), your dining options are endless. Park City also features High West, the only ski-in/ski-out distillery, located at the base of the Quittin’ Time ski run, next to Town Lift. Not only do they serve amazing whiskey crafted by David Perkins and Brandon Coyle, but the cuisine created by James Dumas is fantastic, including whiskey-onion soup, Utah Ballard Farms pulled pork, pan-seared Utah trout and a whiskey panna cotta with balsamic strawberries.
offers a multitude of activities guaranteed to keep you coming back for more.
Another fantastic culinary experience is fireside dining at the Empire Canyon Lodge. You can enjoy a sleigh ride before or after your meal, and the food is an experience all on its own. Each of the four courses is prepared over a roaring fire in the five stone fireplaces found throughout the lodge. The European Alps–inspired menu includes warm Swiss raclette cheese, cured meats, salads, stews, risottos, fire-roasted leg of lamb, fresh baked breads and a collection of dessert fondues.
Bistro at Canyons is the first certified glatt kosher restaurant open all season long at any ski resort in the nation. In addition to a traditional Sabbath dinner on Friday nights and a Sabbath lunch on Saturdays (reservations required), the menu offers items like creamy smoked-cauliflower soup, cured salmon and fettuccine Bolognese. Indeed, incredible dining in Park City is found at every turn, so bring your appetite and explore.
For the shopper, the possibilities are endless. Quaint shops line historic Main Street, offering everything from Western antiques and handmade furniture to sportswear and jewelry. Park City art galleries are superb and numerous, featuring the work of local and regional talent and offering the perfect memento to mark your mountain holiday. Needing to rest that aching body after a day of skiing? Park City is home to several noteworthy spas, including those found on property at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, Hotel Park City, St. Regis and the Waldorf Astoria. If you’d rather not leave your room, some local spas offer to send therapists to your hotel.
So if a destination with adventure, relaxation, food and fun sounds like music to your ears, book a holiday getaway to Park City. Your sleigh is waiting.
For more information, go to www.visitparkcity.com
Michael Woody is the publisher of American Way.